Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Folk Medicinal Spices–common cures and remedies

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Common and everyday spices are well known to have healing effects and have been used in this way by virtually all of mankind at one time or another, from ancient times to present day. (see the spice history chart in betweenclosefriends.com for more information)

As we come full circle and begin turning away from the fast-food [...]

Common and Popular Spices and Their Everyday Uses

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Listed here are a few of the most common spices used in folk medicine along with easy suggested uses for them in your everyday cooking. (Please go to the ‘Miscellaneous Natural Remedies’ category of betweenclosefriends.com and click on ‘Folk Medicinal Spices‘ for the common cures and remedies pertaining to use of these spices)

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Spices 101—General Information: Storing; Preparation; Short History

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

How to store dried spices—in general:
–Make sure that the containers are airtight. Moisture can cause your freshly ground spices to cake/go moldy.
–Be sure to keep your spice shelf away from strong, direct light, especially if your spices are packed in clear jars.
–And always keep your spices away from all heat sources, but still keep [...]

POPULAR CUSTOM SPICE BLENDS

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Having the spices you need for a particular dish already measured and mixed can save lots of time—not to mention the frustration created from rummaging through the cupboards. Once you have tried these signature blends, you will have the confidence to mix up your own unique signature blends. Following each blend are a few suggestions, [...]

Top 10 Investment Splurges To Add Value to Your Home

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

With the downturn in the economy, rather than looking for a larger newer home, we turn to renovating our present dwelling.
Some renovations are more profitable than others, whether we are planning on staying in our home or renovating in order to better position our home in this buyer’s market.
No matter what our motivation is [...]

10 Easy Tips to Save You Money in 2009

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

After the holidays, most of us are looking for ways to cut costs and pay for our seasonal ‘indulgences’ anyway, but with the recession looming, now is the time to really get serious. Painless measures can be taken in several areas of our lives, and this is the first of a series of helpful suggestions [...]

Colds or Flu, know the difference and treat it successfully.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

‘Tis the season for prevalent colds and the occasional flu. Preventative measures are desirable (eating a healthy well balanced diet consisting of 5 colourful fruits and vegetable servings daily, 8-10 glasses of water daily, moderate daily exercise –minimum 30 minutes, and getting the required amount of sleep nightly.)
However, if these healthy lifestyle habits have slipped [...]

How To Make Your Own Inexpensive Taco Seasoning Mix

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

This is a very simple and inexpensive recipe to make your own Taco Seasoning Mix. You can either duplicate the recipe and make up a few packages at a time, or just make the single-use package with these ingredients to make 1 package or approximately 2 Tablespoons of seasoning.  (For more herbal recipes for spice/pepper/herb mixes, herbal recipes [...]

How to Make Your Own Decorative Chocolate Leaves

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Chocolate leaves are very impressive decorating cakes, cookies, tarts, pies, and dessert platters. And they are deceptively easy to make at home. You simply use any fresh leaf that has a distinct vein, such as rose, any of the mints, holly, or especially citrus leaves. Make sure that you only use organic leaves, or thoroughly [...]

How to make an All Purpose Holiday Spice Mix

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

In this Festive Season, we all need some short cuts to help keep our spirits high as we try to complete all the tasks we have set for ourselves. Here is an easy-to-assemble versatile mulled spice recipe that will do multiple duty in helping to keep this season ’spicy’ and joyous.
Be sure to make several [...]